Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men are victims of rape. It can happen to anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Impacting survivors and loved ones, sexual violence damages communities; it's up to each and every one of us to help prevent sexual violence in our community. At the rate of those statistics, we can't afford to ignore the issue anymore. The first step is believing survivors.
Sexual violence is any type of unwanted sexual contact, ranging from sexist attitudes and actions to rape and murder. Sexual violence can include words and actions of a sexual nature against a person's will.
A person may use
- manipulation, or
- coercion to commit sexual violence.
There is a social context that surrounds sexual violence. Social norms that
- condone violence,
- using power over others,
- traditional constructs of masculinity,
- the subjugation of women, and
- silence about violence and abuse contribute to the occurrence of sexual violence.